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Brandon Garrison Commits To Kentucky

What is better than a morning commitment? Not much that I can think of. There was some online smoke starting last night in speculation that Kentucky was involved in the recruitment of another big man. I honestly didn't think there was much to it, but turns out there definitely was.


Fast forward to Tuesday morning, now Kentucky has received a commitment. Brandon Garrison, transfer center from Oklahoma State, has announced he is transferring to Kentucky.



”Committed God’s plan.” said his social media post on the decision.


Was it somewhat of a surprise? Kind of, yes. Especially with Great Osobor currently on his official visit at Kentucky at the same time.


Garrison is a 6'11" 250-pound center who was a part of the 2023 class and played his lone season at Oklahoma State University. The now Wildcat was also a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school. According to 247Sports, they had Garrison ranked as the 45th-best recruit overall, the 7th-best center, and the top overall recruit in the entire state of Oklahoma in his ‘23 class.


The four-star prospect was highly recruited out of high school by several universities such as Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Florida, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.


“Brandon’s a McDonald’s All-American and a FIBA U18 Americas gold medalist with Team USA who crushed me at BYU last year and crushed Coach [Alvin] Brooks at Baylor last year,” Pope said. “We’re unbelievably glad he’s on our team now. He’s an incredible person with a brilliant, joyful smile that BBN will fall in love with. We’re really excited about our front line and Brandon will be a key piece to it.”



There is a lot of speculation of what this commitment means for Great Osobor overall decision. There was this idea that Osobor, the forward from Great Britain, was almost a lock for Kentucky. However, with Osobor's decision being probably 2-3 weeks away, one has to wonder if the coaching staff felt like they couldn't wait on a decision and needed one now resulting in Garrison’s. Great Osobor is still planning to take visits to Louisville, Texas Tech, and Washington, before officially deciding.


I personally don't think that this means Kentucky is out on getting Osobor, but one has to question with the program now having Andrew Carr, Amari Williams, and now Brandon Garrison, if that decision for Osobor gets even harder. I think the staff wanted things to move quick with him but at the end of the day that just wasn't going to happen it seems, so now we will have to play the waiting game with Osobor to see if he becomes a ‘Cat as well.


Before we get all gloom-and-doom on potentially missing out on Great Osobor, let's talk about what adding Brandon Garrison to the roster means for Kentucky. The pick-up has a physical presence in the paint where he is very comfortable playing at. He has patience and can wait for his shot, but if it isn't there, he can kick it out for the open look as well, inserting major court vision. Defensively, Garrison can contest about any shot in the paint with his lengthy wingspan, averaging about 1.5 blocks a game last season. Most likely Brandon is not going to be that "new age" big man that can step outside and drain a three-pointer, but that is what you brought Andrew Carr in to do.


Overall, still a very solid pick-up for Mark Pope and the coaching staff for a variety of reasons. Garrison has showed flashes of greatness in his one season at Oklahoma State and why he was a top-50 recruit in the nation coming out of high school. So, the potential is there for him to make the next leap in his collegiate career here at Kentucky. Also, next year will only be his sophomore season. This means he has three years of collegiate eligibility left and could potentially be a 2-3 year player at Kentucky so that is a plus in my book as well.



If you need a idea on what Kentucky is getting from the big man out of Oklahoma City, here is a good highlight video from the 2023-24 season to indulge in.




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